School musicians team-up for South West Youth Music Festival

BIG BAND: Students from six schools united for a special music festival at Brauer College on Thursday.              Picture: Vicky Hughson

BIG BAND: Students from six schools united for a special music festival at Brauer College on Thursday. Picture: Vicky Hughson

INSTRUMENTALISTS from six south-west schools joined forces for a special concert on Thursday.

Believed to be the first event of its kind in over a decade, the South West Youth Music Festival gave about 70 musicians from Brauer, Warrnambool, Camperdown, Terang, Mortlake P-12 and King’s colleges plus some home-school students the chance to rehearse together before giving a free public performance at Brauer’s Anderson Theatre.

Brauer’s head of music Hannah Smart said the event was an opportunity for music students and teachers to work together.

“We want to take the competition out of it,” Smart said.

“It’s providing students with the opportunity to play together and give music teachers time to talk and collaborate.

“We want the music teachers of the district to work together. They all have strengths and resources to share.”

Smart said the day was a success and would happen again next year, with the festival to be shared across the schools.

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